First Out: New Music From Ashnikko, Shamir, Perfume Genius & More

Andrew M. Santos

We’ve got a long weekend ahead, which means plenty of time to enjoy some new jams from some of your favorite queer artists. Billboard Pride is here to help with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new music releases from LGBTQ artists.

From Ashnikko’s incredible new mixtape to Perfume Genius’ brand new remix, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week below.


Ashnikko, Demidevil

Especially these days, it’s always important to escape from reality for a little bit. Luckily for us, Ashnikko’s stunning new mixtape Demidevil provides just that — an eccentric, breathtaking trip out of our daily life and into a strange, sexy and fantastical pop landscape. Playing like an acid trip that gets better and better over time, Demidevil refuses to be confined to one sound. One moment, Ashnikko is swearing off a former lover alongside a sample from Kelis’

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Perfume shopping is a breeze at Sundora

Andrew M. Santos

The brand provides world-renowned perfumes and cosmetics, and promises a no-pressure shopping experience

What is unfortunate about most perfume buying experiences is that you can’t smell-test every perfume on offer. Not only this, you are also usually faced with sales people who are incentivized to push the sale of products regardless of your tastes and preferences.

Sundora ensures that you are not faced with these obstacles when shopping at one of its retail stores, with a vision of offering its shoppers with an opportunity to “experience true beauty”.

“We have indeed created a best in class retail environment where customers can comfortably browse and test perfumes from a wide range of prestigious international brands,” notes Business Development Manager, Marc Thiry.

Thiry says Sundora has experienced and trained in-store fragrance consultants to guide consumers throughout their purchase journey.

Sundora is an authorized and official retailer for more than 40 international

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How Coco Chanel changed the course of women’s fashion

Andrew M. Santos

Written by Marianna Cerini

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers. A milliner by training, she moved beyond hats to become a rebel and a trailblazer of the fashion world, creating a new sartorial style that freed women from corsets and lace frills by offering them sailor shirts and wide-leg pants instead.

“Nothing is more beautiful than freedom of the body,” she once said, and her designs lived by these words: Chanel’s silhouettes were fluid and androgynous, her designs loose and — in the case of her iconic little black dress, or LBD — democratic. She wanted women to move and breathe in her clothes, just like men did in theirs. Her work was, in many ways, a form of female emancipation.

Sunday marks 50 years since Chanel’s death, aged 87, though her legacy endures. As well as revolutionizing how we dress, she helped form

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At Home With Joanne Halev

Andrew M. Santos

They say that good things come to those who wait. Well, the cabaret industry waited, even though it didn’t know what it was waiting for. Indeed, the industry and the community didn’t know that something was missing – rather, that someone was missing – then one day the wait was over. Joanne Halev had arrived. Oh, people knew Joanne from cabaret classes she took (for years) and from seeing her at shows around town, but they didn’t know that there was a quality, an essence that only she possessed that would enhance the art form, the business, and the family of artists working in New York City’s nightclub scene. It was an aura of old-style Hollywood glamor mixed with Manhattan literati and laced with modern-day empowered woman… and a voice, both musical and artistic, that would catch the attention of everyone exposed to it. With only four performances of her

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